Meaning of sl on rockshox forks

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Meaning of sl on rockshox forks

Postby getonyourbike » Thu Nov 11, 2010 20:56 pm

I'm perplexed by this now, I thought that sl meant solo air but I've been proved wrong as somebody said correctly that some forks like the tora which have sl in the name still have coil springs.

Does anybody have any ideas?

here are the forks that dispelled my theory.
http://www.merlincycles.co.uk/Bike+Shop ... y_1532.htm

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Postby snowster » Thu Nov 11, 2010 21:05 pm

I have these forks and yes they are coil/springs but like you not sure what sl stands for?

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Postby mea00csf » Thu Nov 11, 2010 21:06 pm

think it's just the name of the level of the model?

the sl is the lowest class, then race, then team, then world cup. Each one has slightly flashier specs than the next and you can get them all for each "type of fork"

for instance the tora comes in sl, race, team and world cup, so does the pike, etc

At lest that was how they used to be, seems like they've now changed it from their website.

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Postby getonyourbike » Thu Nov 11, 2010 21:08 pm

damn, put it in the wrong forum section but hey. Thanks for that

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Postby nicklouse » Thu Nov 11, 2010 21:19 pm

SL means nothing it is just a label that is on the fork.

they can be air or coil it depends on who they were made for.
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Postby Xtreem » Fri Nov 12, 2010 09:15 am

Tora/Recon
XC = Rebound
SL = Rebound, Lockout
Race = Rebound, Motion Control
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Postby njee20 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 09:24 am

As above, SL is just a moniker used to differentiate models. It used to stand for Sport Level on early SIDs, but it doesn't really mean anything! Most commonly said to mean SuperLight.

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Postby Koiler » Fri Nov 12, 2010 15:20 pm

Xtreem wrote:Tora/Recon
XC = Rebound
SL = Rebound, Lockout
Race = Rebound, Motion Control


are you sure?

i have a Tora with MoCo and rebound but its not called a race just a regular 318

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Postby getonyourbike » Fri Nov 12, 2010 17:11 pm

oh well, it nobody knows for sure but hey, at least it doesn't officially mean something so i'm not kicking myself trying to work it out. :D

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Postby Xtreem » Fri Nov 12, 2010 17:19 pm

Koiler wrote:
Xtreem wrote:Tora/Recon
XC = Rebound
SL = Rebound, Lockout
Race = Rebound, Motion Control


are you sure?

i have a Tora with MoCo and rebound but its not called a race just a regular 318

Those are the cross country versions of the forks, otherwise:

Tora
289 = Rebound
302 = Rebound, Lockout
318 = Rebound, Motion Control

Recon
327 = Rebound
335 = Rebound, Lockout
351 = Rebound, Motion Control
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Postby njee20 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 17:34 pm

And those numbers, 318 et al were the engine displacements of American muscle cars, totally random!

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Postby supersonic » Fri Nov 12, 2010 18:07 pm

AH, was trying to work out the numbers lol.

Also got 426 and 454. Baffling.

But yep, is just a differentiator nowadays, and indeed meant Sport Level.

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Postby Northwind » Fri Nov 12, 2010 19:13 pm

Aye, all different cubic inch capacities. Pleasingly silly that I thought. And no less clear than random letters after all.

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Postby njee20 » Fri Nov 12, 2010 20:21 pm

Yes I agree, amused me that they're totally random but clearly the brain child of someone with a hobby!

You wait, we'll see a VW Golf XTR sometime!

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Postby Dan_xz » Mon Nov 15, 2010 03:22 am

SL means Sport Level.

Originally appeared in the early 90's as the top level model Judys when Judys were Rockshox top forks. People thought it stood for 'SuperLight' because the difference over the standard models was an Alu steerer and titanium bolts & canti studs.

These days it's used on lower spec versions of the models. Kind of annoying if you;re buying used forks as you really need to research the year to really know what level you're getting. At least with Shimano stuff, whatever the age you always know that XTR was the top, then XT etc..

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Postby getonyourbike » Mon Nov 15, 2010 06:49 am

thanks dan, great post. sport level, I must remember that :lol:

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Postby njee20 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 07:04 am

Why?! It doesn't actually mean anything!

If nothing else, Sport level makes me think of entry level, not more expensive. It's just a model designation.

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Postby getonyourbike » Mon Nov 15, 2010 07:15 am

njee20 wrote:Why?! It doesn't actually mean anything!

If nothing else, Sport level makes me think of entry level, not more expensive. It's just a model designation.
ok, so it definitely means nothing then :?

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Postby Steve_F » Tue Nov 16, 2010 13:43 pm

njee20 wrote:You wait, we'll see a VW Golf XTR sometime!


Citreon do a Berlingo XTR, it's basically a van that looks like it should be 4x4 as it's higher up with chunky tyres and some off-road extras, just without 4x4. Just thought I'd join in with the pointless trivia!

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Postby freefly_mong » Wed Nov 17, 2010 16:12 pm

Super Light or Sport Level, either way they are usually the better performing lighter weight fork. Or they were in the days of the Judy fork any way. The Judy XC was the standard, the SL the lighter weight version and a DH version which was heavier but with more travel.

I should think their principles are the same now!


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